A Stuart native, Niki T. Lavelle began her legal career in the criminal sector as a... more
A Stuart native, Niki T. Lavelle began her legal career in the criminal sector as a public defender: protecting the constitutional and statutory rights of all citizens through the zealous legal representation of court appointed clients. Afterwards, she expanded her legal knowledge by practicing civil law locally. Her well-rounded background has made her extremely diverse and able to tackle a va... view profile
If you are getting divorced and have children, part of the divorce agreement will involve determining where and with whom the children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. The custodial parent (the one the child lives with) earns the legal right to make decisions regarding the child's lifestyle, welfare, and education. Some parents opt for joint custody, which means children divide their time between both parents' homes, and parents share the right to make decisions on behalf of the children. If you as parents are unable to agree on child custody, a judge will decide for you.